Way back in the old days, around the mid 1980s, there were two fairly new independent front suspensions that were the talk of the hot rodding world. The Mustang II-style IFS conversion was new to our street rodding world and the earliest swaps in the 1930s cars were using the stock Mustang II crossmember. My 1937 Ford pickup had one in 1985. Quickly the industry progressed and a few companies began manufacturing some real nice front suspension systems based on the Mustang II geometry. Total Cost Involved, Kugel, and Heidts were all there in the beginning.
For our F-100s, the Volare or Cordoba torsion bar front suspensions were being installed as fast as they could drop them out of the donor cars. There are a couple of reasons these suspensions got popular. Both are "unitized." All the parts attach to a crossmember that can be dropped out of the donor car and installed into a project vehicle. The front wheel center to center is 60 inches (track width), just a little bit narrower than the stock 61 inches. The frontends were cheap, normal prices for those years were in the $150 range for the complete unit. The Volare is just one of Chrysler/Plymouth's available donors. The Aspens, Diplomats, Lebarons, Town and Countrys, New Yorkers, and the Fifth Avenues all shared the basic same front suspension. Then there are the Cordobas and its clones.
The Cordoba isn't a weld-in like the Volare, they use a lateral torsion bar setup and have to use a crossmember kit that used to be made by Gibbons. Then all of the stock torsion bars and suspension from the Cordoba bolted to the crossmembers. One drawback of this setup is that there is a rear crossmember that catches the rear of the torsion bars and its placement causes problems with power booster/master cylinder setups. There isn't enough room left. Many solve this by mounting them up on the firewall.
Being able to adjust the torsion bars and "set" your ride height was the big asset to these suspensions. Simply notch the frame, weld in the Chrysler K-member and suspension and you're driving down the road at whatever height you want. This is true to some extent, but when you have them low and sitting just right, the torsion bar adjustment is screwed out too far to have enough tension left in the bar to give you a really decent ride. That's where these drop spindles from Fatman really help out. With the addition of the 2 inches from the drop spindles, you can now screw some tension (torsion) back into the bar and enjoy a better ride and comfort.
Fatman Fabrications in North Carolina has got you covered when it comes to drop spindles. Not only do they offer a set for the Volare, but a quick scan of their website shows spindles for a lot of popular full-size older cars like the Granada and Maverick, the 1980s Chevy G body, late 1950s Ford cars, and late 1950s Cadillacs as well. If you are looking for spindles for your older car, they just might have what you need or ones that could work.
Fatman also handles front and rear suspension systems. They offer Mustang II-style suspensions for 1930s GM, Buick, Mopar, and even Cadillacs. Need a Mustang II for a less popular make? They probably have one for you. So follow along and see just how easy it is to install these spindles and really do your Volare suspension a big favor.